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Suggested Creative Resources

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A list of publications focusing on writing, the writing process, women writers, creativity, spirituality, and healing that are useful for individual and group exploration.



Angelo, Jill.   Sacred Space: Turning Your Home into a Sanctuary.

Oakland: Kion Yamaguchi Press, 2015.

Angelou, Maya.  The Heart of A Woman.

New York: Random House, 1981.


Angelou, Maya. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

New York: Random House, 1969.


Ban Breathnach, Sarah.  Simple Abundance.

New York:  Warner Books, 1995.


Barks, Coleman.  Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship.

Columbia: Deckle Edge, 2011.


Barks, Coleman.  The Essential Rumi.

New York: Penguin, 1997.


Barron, Frank.  Creative Person and Creative Process.

New York:  Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc, 1969.


Barron, Frank, Montuori, Alfonso, and Barron, Anthea, eds.  Creators On Creating Awakening and Cultivating the Imaginative Mind.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; Penguin, 1997.


Bass, Ellen and Davis, Laura.  The Courage To Heal:  A Guide for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.

New York:  Harper Collins, 1994.


Bass, Ellen and Davis, Laura. Beginning to Heal (Revised Edition): A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused As Children.

New York: William Morrow, 2003.


Bass, Ellen and Thornton, Louise, eds.  I Never Told Anyone:  Writings By Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

New York:  Harper and Row, 1983.


Beck, Martha.  Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want.

New York: Atria Books, 2013.


Bender, Sheila, ed.  The Writer’s Journal:  40 Contemporary Writers and Their Journals.

New York:  Delta/Dell Publishing, 1997.


Bernays, Anne and Painter, Pamela.  What If:  Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers.

New York:  Harper Collins, 1990.


Berry, Daleen.  Sister of Silence.

Morgantown:  Nellie Bly Books, 2011.


Brande, Dorothea.  Becoming A Writer.

1934.  Reprint.  Los Angeles:  Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1981.


Brown, Brene.  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

New York: Gotham, 2012.


Brown, Brene.  Rising Strong.

London: Vermilion: 2015.


Cahill, Susan, ed.  Writing Women’s Lives:  An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth Century American Women Writer’s.

New York:  Harper Collins, 1994.


Cameron, Julia with Mark Bryan.  The Artist’s Way.

New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam,1992.

One of the most practical books about creativity that I have used. This program is designed to establish or deepen creativity from a spiritual perspective; applicable to all forms of creativity, artistic expression, recovery, healing and empowerment.


Cameron, Julia.   The Vein of Gold.

New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; Penguin, 1996.


Cameron, Julia.  Walking In This World:  The Practical Art of Creativity; Further Steps Along The Artist’s Way.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002.

*  The follow-up to the original Artist’s Way, and just as inspiring.


Cameron, Julia.  God is No Laughing Matter:  Observations and Objections on the Spiritual Path.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000.


Cameron, Julia.  The Right To Write.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998.


Cohelo, Paulo.  The Alchemist.

San Francisco: Harper One, 2015.


Cousineau, Phil, ed.  Soul:  An Archeology.

San Francisco:  Harper Books, 1994.


DeBecker, Gavin.  The Gift Of Fear:  Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence.

New York:  Little, Brown and Company, 1997.


DeSalvo, Louise.  Writing As a Way of Healing:  How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives.

Boston:  Beacon Press, 1999.

*  This book was powerfully transformative for me as a writer, survivor and teacher.


Driscoll, Frances.  The Rape Poems.

Port Angeles, WA:  Pleasure Boat Studios, 1997.


Ellsberg, Robert.  The Saint’s Guide to Happiness.

New York:  North Point Press, 2003.


Ensler, Eve.  The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition.

New York:  Random House/Villard Books, 2000.


Ensler, Eve.  In The Body of The World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection.

New York: Metropolitan Books, 2013.


Estes, Ph.D., Clarissa Pinkola.  Women Who Run with the Wolves:  Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.

New York:  Ballantine, 1997.


Evans, Patricia.  The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond.

Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2010.


Fox, John.  Poetic Medicine:  The Healing Art Of Poem-Making.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 1997.


Fox, Matthew.  Creativity:  Where The Divine and The Human Meet.

New York: Jeremy P.Tarcher/Penguin, 2002.


Franck, Frederick.  Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing.

New York:  Bantam Books, 1993.


Gilbert, Elizabeth.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.


Goldberg, Natalie.  Writing Down The Bones.

Boston:  Shambhala Publications, Inc.,1986.

*  One of my first, and still one of my favorite, books of writing exercises.


Goldberg, Natalie.  The Long Quiet Highway.

New York:  Bantam Books, 1993.


Groom, Kelle.  I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl.

New York:  Free Press, 2011.


Harvey, Andrew.  The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.

New York:  Hay House, 2009.


Harvey, Andrew.  The Return of The Mother.

New York: Tarcher 2000.


Herman, Judith Lewis, M.D.  Trauma and Recovery.

New York:  Basic Books, 1992.


Hillman, James.  The Soul’s Code:  In Search of Character and Calling.

New York:  Random House, 1996.


Hoffman, Alice.  Here On Earth.

New York:  Putnam, 1997.


hooks, bell.  Wounds of Passion.

New York:  Henry Holt, 1997.


Howe, Marie. What The Living Do.

New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1999.


Hybels-Steer, Mariann.  Aftermath:  Survive and Overcome Trauma.

New York: Fireside/Simon and Shuster Books, 1995.


Johnson, Mary. An Unquenchable Thirst.

New York:  Spiegel & Grau/Random House, 2001.


Kalanithi, M.D., Paul.  When Breath Becomes Air.

Columbia: Deckle Edge, 2016.


Karr, Mary.  The Art of Memoir.

New York: Harper Books. 2015.


Karr, Mary.  Lit: A Memoir.

New York: Harper Perennial, 2010.


Karr, Mary.  The Liar’s Club.

New York: Penguin Books, 2005.


Klauser, Henriette Anne.  With Pen In Hand:  The Healing Power Of Writing.

Cambridge, MA:  Perseus Publishing, 2003.


Klauser, Henriette Anne.  Write It Down, Make It Happen.

New York:  Simon and Shuster, 2001.


LaMott, Anne.  Traveling Mercies:  Some Thoughts On Faith.

New York:  Pantheon Books, 1999.


LaMott, Anne.  Bird By Bird:  Some Instructions On Writing and Life.

New York:  Doubleday, 1994.


L’Engle.  Madeleine.  Walking on Water.

Wheaton:  Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980.


Levine, Peter.  Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma.

Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1997.


Lew, Mark.  Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse.

New York: Harper Perennial, 2004.


Lipsett, Suzanne.  Surviving a Writer’s Life.

San Francisco:  Harper Press, 1994.


Lopez, Barry.  About This Life:  Journeys on The Threshold of Memory.

New York: Vintage Books, 1998.


Lorde, Audre.  Sister Outsider:  Essays and Speeches.

Freedom, CA:  Crossing Press,1984.


Love, Heidi. Laughing at the Sky

Laughing at the Sky offers stories of courage: Wild women who have climbed mountains, crossed seas, and journeyed across foreign lands and inner landscapes. Heidi Love, founder of Laughing at the Sky and author of a much-awaited memoir about her own path of empowerment, shares brave books, words of wisdom and inspiring tales of gutsy goddesses who have transcended life challenges, rising above assault, disease, war, and loss. It is a sisterhood of strong and emerging voices because—your dreams can be bigger than your fears.


MacDonald, Ann-Marie.  Fall On Your Knees.

New York:  Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1996.


Markova, Dawna.  I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Puroose and Passion.

San Francisco, CA:  Red Wheel/Weiser LLC., 2000.


Matousek, Mark.  When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons on The Art of Living.

New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.


Matousek, Mark.  The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father.

New York: CreateSpace, 2008.


Matousek, Mark.  Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story.

New York:  Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books, 1997.


McQuaid, Dora E.  the scorched earth and the scorched earth: spoken, Expanded, Second Edition.

Fort Worth: Baskerville, 2014.

Dora’s pioneering collection of poems about her journey of healing from a history of both sexual and domestic violence into empowerment and advocacy as an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher. Foreword by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. Includes a comprehensive 25-page Discussion/Study Guide designed for use across a variety of settings and audiences and a full-length audio companion of Dora performing the entire collection. Order copies here.


Moyers, Bill.  The Language of Life:  A Festival of Poets.

New York:  Doubleday, 1995.

*  A companion to Bill Moyers’s 1995 public television series interviewing and showcasing the public readings of 34 poets.  Well done series, with excellent interviews.


Muller, Wayne.  Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight In Our Busy Lives.

New York:  Bantam, 1999.


Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.

New York:  Three Rivers Press, 2002.


Nepo, Mark.  The Book of Awakening: How to Have The Life You Want By Being Present to The Life You Have.

Newburyport, MA;  Red Wheel/Weiser, 2000.


Newman, Leslea.  Writing From The Heart:  Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write.

Freedom, CA:  The Crossing Press, 1993.


Norris, Kathleen.  The Cloister Walk.

New York:  Riverhead Books, 1996.


Norris, Kathleen.  Dakota:  A Spiritual Geography.

New York:  Riverhead Books, 1993.


Olds, Sharon.  The Dead and The Living.

New York:  Knopf, 2001.


Olds, Sharon.  The Gold Cell.

New York:  Knopf, 1989.


Oliver, Mary.  A Poetry Handbook:  A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry.

New York:  Harcourt Brace and Company, 1994.


Oliver, Mary.  A Thousand Mornings.

London: Penguin Books, 2013.


Peck, M. Scott.  The Road Less Traveled.

New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1978.


Perlmutter, Dr. David. With Kristin Loberg.  Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life.

New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015.


Plimpton, George, ed.   The Paris Review Interviews:  Women Writers at Work.

New York: Penguin Books, 1989.

The interviews in this collection are selected from The Paris Review Interviews:  Writers at Work, Series 1-8.  Introduced by Margaret Atwood.


Rilke, Rainer Maria, trans. Stephen Mitchell.  Letters To A Young Poet.

New York: Random House, 1984.


Rose, Phyllis, ed.  The Norton Book of Women’s Lives.

New York:  W.W. Norton,1993.


Ruiz, Dr. Don Miguel.  Beyond Fear:  A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy.

Tulsa, OK: Council Oak Books, 1997.


Sarton, May.  Journal of Solitude.

New York:  Norton, 1973.


Segalove, Ilene and Velick, Paul Bob.  Risk Your Self:  List-Making as the Ultimate Path for Personal Change.

Kansas City, MO:  Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2000.


Shaughnessy, Susan.  Walking On Alligators:  A Book of Meditations For Writers.

New York: Harper Collins, 1993.


Singer, Michael.  The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself.

Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications/ Noetic Books, 2007.


Sternburg, Janet, ed.  The Writer on Her Work.

New York:  W.W. Norton, 1980.

*  Excellent collection of essays by women writers about their own processes of writing and experiences, specifically, as women writer.   Erica Jong’s “Blood and Guts:  The Tricky Problem of Being a Woman Writer in the Late Twentieth Century” and Honor Moore’s “My Grandmother Who Painted” are two essays that I return to again and again.


Sternburg, Janet, ed.   The Writer on Her Work:  Volume II. New York:  W.W. Norton, 1991.

*  Another excellent collection of essays gathered in the same spirit as exhibited in Volume I.  All new women writers in this second volume.


Strayed, Cheryl.  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

New York: Knopf, 2012.


Tolle, Eckhart.  Practicing the Power of Now.

Novato, CA:  New World Library, 1997.


Tolle, Eckhart.  Stillness Speaks.

Novato, CA:  New World Library and Vancouver, Canada: Namaste Publishing, 2003.


Tolls, Eckhart.  A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

New York:  Penguin, 2005.


Uleland, Brenda.  If You Want to Write.

St. Paul, MN:  Schubert, 1983.


Van der Kolk, MD, Bessel.  The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

NY, NY: Viking, 2014.


Wauters, Ambika.  Chakras and Their Archetypes:  Uniting Energy Awareness and Spiritual Growth.

Berkeley, CA:  Crossing Press, 1997.


Welty, Eudora.  One Writer’s Beginnings.

New York:  Warner Books, 1983.


Whyte, David.  River Flow: New and Selected Poems.

Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, 2007.


Whyte, David.  Everything Is Waiting For You.

Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, 2003.


Wiard, Ted. With Carol Potato.  Witnessing Ted: The Journey to Potential Through Grief and Loss.

CreateSpace Publishing, 2011.


Williamson, Marianne.  A Woman’s Worth.

New York:  Random House, 1993.


Wisechild, Louise, M., ed.  She Who Was Lost Is Remembered:  Healing From Incest Through Creativity.

Seattle, WA:  The Seal Press, 1991


Woolridge, Susan.  Poemcrazy.

New York:  Random House, 1995.


Yuknavitch, Linda.  The Chronology of Water: A Memoir.

Portland, OR: Hawthorne Books, 2011.


Zukav, Gary.  The Seat of The Soul: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014.


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